July 05, 2019
Midwives pick Pihema to lead
Bay of Islands midwife Nicole Pihema of Ngāpuhi and Te Rarawa has been elected the first Māori president of the College of Midwives.
College chief executive Alison Eddy says the appointment will support the college's ambition to fully realise its commitments under Te Tiriti, including the development and support of Māori midwifery and continuing to work towards equitable outcomes for Māori wāhine and pēpi.
Ms Pihema has been part of a team working with the Ministry of Health on a new funding model for community midwives.
She says the midwifery-led maternity system is not broken, but it needs resourcing and proper support.
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